Dr. Gary Henschen

Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health, Magellan Healthcare

Dr. Gary M. Henschen is the chief medical officer for behavioral health at Magellan Health. He has been employed by Magellan since 2001, and has been in his current position since 2008.

In his current role, Henschen directs a team that develops medical necessity criteria, new technology assessments, and clinical practice guidelines for behavioral health. He provides clinical expertise in new product development and the quality improvement program of Magellan. He oversees medical management for Magellan’s behavioral health programs.

Prior to his joining Magellan, Henschen was chief medical officer of Charter Behavioral Health Systems. He was in private practice of psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Greensboro, N.C. for fifteen years.

Henschen is a graduate of Davidson College. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his internship in medicine at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, and completed military service with the U.S. Army in Germany, where he was flight surgeon and commander of the 536th General Dispensary.

Henschen completed his residency and chief residency in psychiatry at Duke Medical Center, and completed psychoanalytic training at the UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Institute. His research interests have included the assessment and prevention of suicide; psychiatric consultation-liaison with primary care physicians; the development of quality metrics; addressing the needs of persons diagnosed with both serious mental illness and substance use disorders; and providing consultation to behavioral special investigation units.

Henschen is licensed to practice medicine in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Iowa.